Super Bowl Notes
There are several
connections to Super Bowl XLII and college baseball.
New England kicker Stephen
Gostowski went to Memphis on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher
and was a walk-on on the Tigers' football team before earning a
football scholarship. He made the Conference USA All-Freshman
Team in both football and baseball.
quarterback Matt Cassel has two brothers who are in professional
baseball and pitched in college. His older brother, Jack,
pitched at Loyola Marymount, was drafted by the San Diego Padres
and signed a free agent contract this past offseason with
Houston. His younger brother, Justin, was a hurler at UC Irvine
and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Cassel reached the
finals of the 1994 Little League World Series with his
Northridge, Calif., squad.
Tom Brady might have been
a stud behind the plate if he had stayed with baseball. He was a
two-time all-conference catcher in high school and was drafted
in the 18th round by the Montreal Expos in 1995.
Giants quarterback Eli
Manning's backup at Ole Miss was Seth Smith, an outfielder who
has made it to the big leagues and played in the 2007 World
Series for the Colorado Rockies. Wikipedia points out that
brother Peyton Manning's backup at Tennessee was none other than
Rockies star Todd Helton, who had his number 3 retired by the
Volunteers this past week..